Neighbours of a northern Alberta man who was shot and wounded by RCMP this week described him Tuesday as a hard-working family man who attended church regularly.

Police said officers shot the 36-year-old after he emerged from a farmhouse in the Smoky Lake area, about 100 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, Monday afternoon carrying a gun in each hand. He is recovering from non-life-threatening wounds in hospital, police said.


The white bungalow outside of Smoky Lake, Alta., where a 36-year-old man was shot by RCMP Monday. ((CBC))

Police have not released the man's name, but neighbours identified him as Colin Nixon. He lives in the modest white bungalow on a farm outside the community with his wife, two children, and another child who is a relative, neighbours said.

"I was shocked," neighbour Audrey Tkachuk told CBC News Tuesday after hearing about the shooting on the radio.

"I mean, they're hard-working people. They're good people.… You know, they weren't partyers."

Another neighbour told CBC News that Nixon rented farm land from her and often helped out when she needed a hand. Others said the man and his wife regularly attended church in nearby Vilna.

Teams of investigators were combing the property Tuesday for clues in the shooting, while a police helicopter hovered overhead.


Police continued to block the road into the farm Tuesday, where the shooting occurred a day earlier, as two investigations into the incident were underway. ((CBC))

The incident began Sunday night after RCMP in Smoky Lake were called to a domestic dispute at the farm. Officers returned the following afternoon to serve an emergency protection order, and had reason to believe there could be violence, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Wayne Oakes.

"We had front-line police officers from Smoky Lake and the surrounding area and we had the Edmonton emergency response team. We also had a team of negotiators who went along in the event they were needed," Oakes said.

"Based on our training and experience, you take the whole package with you if that package is available and that package in this instance called for 23 officers."

RCMP are providing few other details including saying whether Nixon actually pointed his guns at them, or the exact nature of his wounds.

Two investigations are underway into the incident, Oakes said, with RCMP conducting a criminal investigation and the province's Serious Incident Response Team also looking into the shooting.